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SM Adam volume 38/2


[2] Design for the river front of the bridge, 1770


Elevation of a bridge composed of three equal segmental arches, supported by stepped starlings and pyramid-topped piers, above which are oculi and rectangular windows. On top of the bridge is a single and one-and-a-half-storey, nineteen-bay terrace; with single-bay domed and pedimented pavilions at each end; and with a three-bay central block surmounted by a broken-based pediment, containing a Venetian window within a relieving arch, and flanked by balustraded bays, and bays surmounted by attics with pyramidal roofs


bar scale of 1 1/3 inches to 10 feet


Front of the New Bridge & Shops at Bath, for / Sir William Pulteney Bart (for / Sir William Pulteney Bart in the hand of William Adam) / for Wm Pulteney Esqr afterwards (in pencil) / Sir William Pulteney Baronet (in pencil) / Highest flood / Common hight / Lowest part of River and measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1770
    datable to 1770

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes of sepia and cerulean blue on laid paper (597 x 502)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonom, with addition to title inscription in the hand of William Adam




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 3
Manco, 1995, p. 135
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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